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Ex-teacher sentenced to 3 years home detention, 10 years on sex offender registry

Erin Orban engaged in sexual relationship with student
Posted at 6:23 PM, Oct 20, 2020

MADISON COUNTY— A former teacher at Elwood High School will serve three years home detention and 10 years on the sex offender registry for engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year old student.

Erin Orban was sentenced Tuesday in Madison County after pleading guilty to child seduction and official misconduct.

She had faced up to 3 years in prison.

Orban’s teaching license with the state of Indiana is still listed as “valid” however, the Indiana Department of Education is expected to take action against her license now that the criminal case has concluded.

WRTV Investigates left a message for her attorney and we are still waiting to hear back.

As part of its investigation, police spoke with numerous students and faculty who suspected an inappropriate relationship between the two, according to court documents filed on March 25,

When interviewed by police, the 17-year old said he and Orban had sexual relations on four different occasions in the fall of 2019 including at her Lapel residence and a hotel in Fishers.

The relationship between the two began on Snapchat, court documents say.

At first, Orban would talk to the teen about how her husband “treats her bad” and Orban told the student he was cute.

Elwood Police were able to obtain records confirming a Fishers hotel was booked in Orban’s name on Oct. 26 and checking out on Oct. 27.

On March 10, WRTV Investigates reported a staff member at Elwood Junior Senior High School was terminated.

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On Feb. 17, Elwood Community School Corporation administration was informed of a tip Indiana State Police received concerning an allegation involving a school employee, according to Superintendent Dr. Joe Brown.

Brown said the employee was placed on administrative leave pending district and law enforcement investigations.

Elwood Police Department Chief Jason Brizendine said police received information about a former staff member at the school regarding alleged misconduct with a student.

Elwood conducted an internal investigation and the school board terminated the employee on Feb. 27.